Juneteenth marked across U.S. for 1st time as a federal holiday
News/World: Parades, picnics and lessons in history were part of Juneteenth celebrations on Saturday in the United States, a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery.
Afghanistan running out of oxygen as Covid surge worsens
Afghanistan's is racing to ramp up supplies of oxygen as a deadly third surge of Covid-19 worsens, a senior health official told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday. The government is installing oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where the increase in Covid cases in some areas is hovering around 65%, health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dasigi Nazary said.
Springsteen on Broadway theatre backtracks on refusing entry to AstraZeneca recipients
News/Entertainment: Jujamcyn Theaters had previously said audience members wishing to attend Springsteen on Broadway needed to be immunized with vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, leaving those who received AstraZeneca on the sidelines.
Tropical Storm Claudette brings rain, floods to Gulf Coast
The national hurricane center declared Claudette organized enough to qualify as a named storm at 4am on Saturday, well after the storm's center of circulation had come ashore southwest of New Orleans. It was north of the city three hours later, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) as the storm plodded to the northeast at 12 mph (19 kph).